How to: Download YouTube videos in Safari

March 4, 2010

Here’s a brilliantly simple way to download YouTube videos without any additional software or using a dodgy online conversion service. So, saddle up “” you’re one simple keyboard shortcut away from downloading anything you want whenever you want.

Yesterday, Mac Blorge brought you How to: Download music from YouTube using Firefox, which is a fairly straight-forward of way getting music (or video) off YouTube and into iTunes.

But, if you’re a Safari user, here’s how get video onto your Mac without additional software or using a scary web-only (am I infected?) service.

    1. Navigate to the YouTube video you want to download “” try Frank Caliendo riffing like a madman.

    2. Press ⌘ + ⌥ + A (Choose Activity from the Window menu)

    3. And, here’s the hard part “” look for the video file and double click it. Safari will download it automatically for you.

    4. Find this freshly minted video in the Downloads folder > it will be named video.flv

Happily enough, this method also works with HTML5 + H.264 YouTube videos, though you’ll be looking for a dot cache file, as shown below.

Double-click it and the resulting file will dutifully appear in the Downloads folder as video.mp4.

That was pretty easy “” no fuss, no muss…

What’s your take?

via Mac OS X Hints

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